Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fall

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Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fallDel The Funky Homosapien Damon Albarn

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed in a new Beats 1 Radio interview with Matt Wilkinson that Del the Funky Homosapien has suffered severe injuries following his fall at the band’s performance from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival on July 7. Albarn confirmed,

“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”

“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”

The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”

Godspeed, Del.

H/T: Pitchfork

Featured Image: Jeff Kravitz

Gorillaz halt Roskilde Festival set after Del the Funky Homosapien falls off stage

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Gorillaz halt Roskilde Festival set after Del the Funky Homosapien falls off stageGorillaz 1

Gorillaz closed out their Roskilde Festival set slightly early after collaborator Del the Funky Homosapien fell off stage while performing “Clint Eastwood” during Gorillaz’ July 7 set at the Denmark event.

Damon Albarn thanked attendees for “a beautiful evening,” promptly stopping the set after Del’s fall. Roskilde Festival organizers issued a statement on their Facebook notifying ticket holders that Del was “conscious and talking to his team,” an announcement that Del followed with a tweet informing fans that he was okay. “I’m doing alright but will be in the hospital for a bit,” Del wrote, “the care here is outstanding though.”

H/T: Pitchfork

Gorillaz to debut their new record ‘The Now Now’ live from the Boiler Room in Tokyo

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Gorillaz are performing their brand new album The Now Now live for the first time ever on the Boiler Room in Tokyo. Announced for Sunday, June 24, Gorillaz will take the stage with a unique combination of atmospheric visuals taken from their stage show.

The album’s full live debut comes after a steady stream of lead up singles, most recently with the introspective, psychedelic “Fire Flies.” Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s impending new collection, The Now Now, marks the virtual band’s sixth studio album and will officially be released on June 29 via Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records.

Gorillaz continue album rollout with ‘Fire Flies’

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The Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz continue rollout for The Now Now with the release of their fourth new single, “Fire Flies.”

The mellow slow-burn follows already shared tracks “Sorcererz,” Humility,” and “Lake Zurich.” Severely less danceable than any of the singles shared thus far, “Fire Flies” sees Albarn leaning into his introspective side. It’s the most intimate look at the record yet, a prolonged psychedelic interlude that feels like a funk-infused culmination of the band’s earliest material.

The Now Now is out June 29 via Warner Bros.

Gorillaz share studio version of sleek, new danceable track ‘Sorcererz’

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Just recently, Gorillaz debuted four new tracks at their first live performance since announcing their forthcoming LP, The Now Now. Now, they’ve shared the studio version of “Sorcererz,” an extremely danceable tune which was premiered at Germany’s Rock im Park.

“Sorcererz” is a warm new take from the group, which seems to rely heavily on the groove that “Humility,” “Lake Zurich,” and alot of their older material rides out. Perhaps, it’s even fair to say this ’80s-inspired take is what could have potentially happened had Albarn, who reportedly turned down the chance to work with Prince, accepted he couldn’t smoke in the studio.

The Now Now is out June 29 on Warner Bros.

WATCH: Gorillaz debut four new songs live

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Gorillaz debuted four new songs off their forthcoming LP,  The Now Now, at a recent performanceThe new tracks debuted at Germany’s Rock im Park, the first time the band’s taken the stage since announcing their upcoming album. Damon Albarn and co. premiered “Tranz,” “Magic City,” “Sorcererz,” and “Souk Eye.”

As originally pointed out by Consequence of Sound, The Now Now is just 11 tracks long, so the new songs Gorillaz played in their set including, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich” were the majority of the record.

Full show:


“Magic City”:


“Souk Eye”:

H/T: Consequence of Sound

Gorillaz return with new single, ‘Humility’

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Damon Albarn went to Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio show to debut the new single “Humility,” set for release on the Gorillaz upcoming LP, The Now Now.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Albarn revealed to Lowe that the new album has a distinct lack of features compared to the group’s other works, with only “Humility’s” featured vocalist, the jazz and soul legend, George Benson, and Snoop Dogg slated for appearances on The Now Now, leaving the rest of the vocal heavy lifting to Albarn himself. Albarn also puts the kibosh on the rumors that he lost an entire Gorillaz LP by leaving his laptop in the back of a cab.

Wavy synths and a thorough backbeat make for a mellow, smooth tune. One that is likely a primer for the “summer record” Albarn has promised.

Gorillaz have a new album set for a June 29 release, ‘The Now Now’

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After nearly six years of radio silence, Gorillaz returned last year with a massive comeback campaign behind their fifth studio album, Humanz. Naturally, fans wondered whether another prolonged hiatus was ahead for more new music from the English virtual band.

Following the album’s acclaimed release, while the group was deep into their Humanz world tour, a surprising reveal came when front man Damon Albarn let slip in a series of interviews that they had enough material to fill several albums. At the end of 2017, the group’s illustrator Jamie Hewlett confirmed the hype to a German art book publisher.

“We’re working on another Gorilllaz album that we’re going to be releasing next year,” Hewlett said.

Gorillaz fans can now finally rejoice for that album has received a title and release date. The album fate, known as The Now Now, seemed shaky when Albarn recently lost his laptop in the back of a cab, containing the record’s master copy. With the device successfully returned, and presumably without any new Gorillaz materials leaked, we’re in for a treat this summer as the world’s favorite semi-animated electronic band returns with their sixth studio LP.

Feel Bad Inc: Apparently Damon Albarn left a master copy of the new Gorillaz album in the back of a taxi

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Damon Albarn and co. are on melancholy hill after the Gorillaz frontman left his laptop with a master copy of the group’s new album in the back of a taxi.

Having confirmed plans for a new record in 2018, even going so far as to reveal he had 40-50 songs ready to release after Humanz, The Mirror‘s reporting that his laptop turned up in the back of a taxi after Albarn had an evening out of drinking.

“It was a disaster,” a source told The Mirror. 

“Damon oversees everything and, with Gorillaz, it’s not just audio – it’s the expensive visuals as well. The laptop’s contents are priceless. But after a night at Groucho, Damon accidentally left it in a cab and caused a huge panic.”

The source also claims that the album is strongly inspired by Albarn’s strong anti-Brexit views and that there are plans to release it as early as next month.

Lucky for Albarn, hopes for a better tomorrow come today. The album has been returned by the taxi driver and a crisis has been averted, so long as nobody ripped it along the way. Regardless, new Gorillaz seems imminent.


Dua Lipa makes nomination history as Brit Awards announce 2018 nominees [full list]

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The 2018 Brit Awards will be held on Feb. 21, with the London-based ceremony set to commemorate the standout British and international artists of the year.

Dua Lipa leads the nomination circle with five nominations for British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act, Mastercard British Album Of The Year, British Single, and British Female Solo Artist. The “New Rules” vocalist notably made history via nomination count alone — no British female artist has ever received five nominations in a one-year period. Ed Sheeran trails Dua Lipa with four nominations.

On the electronic end, Björk and LCD Soundsystem earn nominations for International Female Solo Artist and International Group, respectively. The xx and Gorillaz too make an appearance, both nominated for British Group.

A series of hip-hop artists are additionally up for awards, with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Quavo, and Childish Gambino all receiving nominations.

Sam Smith’s album, The Thrill Of It All, received no nominations, despite being the third largest seller of the year. The album, however, will remain available for nomination next year, given its November release date. Smith will perform at the awards ceremony on Feb. 21, joined by Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, and Ran’n’Bone Man.

View the full list of nominees here.

H/T: The Guardian

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